Re: Borrowing Wordlist
|From:||Sally Caves <scaves@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, October 20, 2004, 15:30|
----- Original Message -----
From: "scott" <sjcaldwell@...>
> On Oct 19, 2004, at 8:47 PM, Sally Caves wrote:
>> Heck, if Thorndyke and Barnhardt's Junior Dictionary of the English
>> was good enough for me in my salad days,
> Salad days? I've seen this expression a few times before on the list.
> What does
> it mean? How did it originate?
I may be wrong, and I'm going entirely on feeble memory, but I think it's
from Shakespeare, and specifically from Antony and Cleopatra, a comment
Cleopatra utters. Or, it may be from Troilus and Cressida, and a comment
Cressida utters. The idea is that you eat the salad first in a course of
meals for dinner that hasn't changed since medieval times. Salad, soup,
entree, second entree, dessert. Your "salad days" have come and gone. It's
actually a fairly common and well-worn expression; I picked it up about
eighteen years ago.
John may know.